Questions tagged [postdocs]

Regarding Post-Doctoral appointments, duties and job-hunt.

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I have published all my PhD papers independently, how get a postdoc position?

I have a PhD in organic chemistry from a top-tier university and published 5 papers in good journals. My PhD advisor was very helpful and helped me a lot but she is not in any of my papers as she ...
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Finding mathematics postdoc opportunities in India

I am Ph.D. advisor to X, a rising 5th-year Ph.D. student in pure mathematics at a mid-tier US research university. X and I are trying to prepare for his upcoming job search. In my opinion X is ...
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Job after post-doc - Whom to list as referee?

I'm currently a postdoc (in computer science) and planning on applying for faculty jobs soon. During my 3 postdoc years I've had a couple of papers with 2 "superstars" in my field, whereas my current ...
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Do postdoctoral studies have official certificate?

I have seen that some universities give postdoctoral fellows an official certificate (similar to the PhD diploma) after finishing their postdoctoral job. On the other hand, some of postdoctoral ...
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What is the downside of not pursuing postdoctoral fellowship position?

Suppose after graduating from a PhD program, you don't do a post-doc. Are the chances of getting a tenure-track position severely reduced? Also is it possible to do a post-doc after a completion of a ...
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Should a researcher share scientific ideas in a temporary position and are they entitled to recognition for doing so?

A postdoc joins a group with a good idea to work on, while no specific project was given to him by the PI. After recognising the potential of the idea, the PI decides to take PhD students to work on ...
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Postdoc in China: what are the possible difficulties and disadvantages?

According to the research paper, where the comparison of postdocs in China and US was done, there are several global cons of Chinese postdoctoral positions, like low sallary and lack of permanent jobs....
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Postdoc in reputed university vs Assistant professor in below average university [closed]

I am a fresh Ph.D. scholar. I have applied for several academic jobs and recently I got acceptance for a Postdoc position in a university (world QS rank 71) and an assistant professorship offer in a ...
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Is it a good idea to self-fund a postdoc for a year?

I am a Ph.D. student in mathematics, and I'm supposed to finish this year. I've been looking for a position next year (not so much in the USA, but mainly in Germany and the UK). While I haven't ...
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Is a postdoc-interview presentation a norm?

I have been invited for a postdoc interview. After reading some questions and answers, I noted that sometimes the applicant is required to give a presentation/talk. In my invitation, nothing is ...
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Do most postdoc offers include travel funding?

My mathematics department (a research-oriented department at a non-top school in the United States) has recently made a postdoctoral offer to a strong candidate, and I very much hope the candidate ...
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Are the Newton fellowships (UK) prestigious enough to warrant low post-doc pay?

I'm nearing the end of my graduate studies (1-1.5yrs remain) and have been looking out for post-doc opportunities. I came across the Newton Fellowships, which provide funding for up to 2 years of ...
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How to evaluate a postdoc offer, if I'm not sure I'd be able to do the work?

I've been accepted for a postdoc position but after reading the research project I realised that I barely understand anything, so I'm not sure if I would be able to perform it. Should I reject the ...
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Postdoctoral fellowship — what is it about?

Assume you are just about to finish your PhD and you are facing the decision of whether to go for a postdoc position or for an assistant professorship. Which one should you choose? Let's ignore the ...
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How can I address my career future with my current PI?

I'm currently midway through my first Postdoc gig, I got a 1 year contract and haven't heard a word from my PI concerning any possible extensions. I only have 6 more months left in my program, and I ...
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Do postdocs in the United States generally get annual raises?

Do postdocs in the United States get raises in general? (Is this different for postdocs hired under specific grants vs postdocs hired through departments, such as in mathematics?) If there are raises, ...
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What is the perception of foreign Universities (Non UK) in the US for prospective academic positions (Postdoc/Tenure)?

First of all, I know that your work speaks for you, and if you have really good papers, you have better chances, but just bear with me, and for the sake of argument lets assume that your research is ...
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Can the publication conference choice affect one's admission to a new academic job?

Sometimes, I have been noticing some postdoc open position announcements that, besides the usual prerequisites (PhD, an excellent CV, programming skills, etc.), asked the candidates to have ...
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In my cover letter, how many faculty member should I list as people I want to work with?

I am a grad student, graduating in the spring. In my application for postdocs, I include a cover letter that lists faculty members I want to work with. If there is one person that I am really ...
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How to approach someone who has stopped replying?

Recently, I applied for an advertised post-doctoral position with a researcher in an well-known institution. After two weeks of not getting a reply, I sent him a reminder, and he replied "Oh, ...
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The importance of having a “big name” as your thesis advisor

When it comes to postdoc positions in mathematics in the US, does it make any difference for the hiring committees if your thesis adviser is a big name (say, someone like Gromov or Milnor)?
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Age limit for research position or postdoc in pure mathematics?

I have read the questions in this website regarding age and PhD. But I couldn't find on age limit for specifically for pure mathematics and for an academic career (research position / postdoc / ...). ...
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How to assess the proportion of post docs in a lab that go on to become PIs?

Is there any good resource to figure out the track record of academic success of research lab’s alumni (e.g. how many of postdocs became a PI)? I'm a grad student in the US who will finish PhD next ...
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Post-doctoral research statement/project: current/future vs thematic

I am currently applying for several post-doctoral positions. For these applications I have to prepare a research document in which I present my current research and my future projects in a limited ...
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How many people apply for a math postdoc in the US?

What would be a ballpark figure (or range even) for the number of postdoctoral applications received for a typical US math departmental-wide postdoctoral position?
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Career options in scientific/academic publishing for PhDs and Postdocs

I finished my PhD a few months ago and am now settling into a postdoc position. The last 6-8 months of my PhD had been quite stressful (well, nothing unusual there, of course) and when it came to ...
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How much do grades matter for a future academia position?

I am completing my PhD and I was wondering how much does the PhD coursework grades affect future academia applications? My undergraduate and master's was somewhat decent grade wise (3.8/4) in both. ...
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Possible pitfalls of taking a year off to travel following a PhD instead of immediately starting with a post-doc position?

If a student, soon to complete a PhD, is not ready to enter academia is a year of travel a good option? Assuming that academic route is still interesting after the year will post-doc positions (...
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What could my postdoctoral advisor do, now that he knows that I started looking for positions in industry?

I'm a non-EU postdoctoral researcher in Europe who recently started looking for company jobs. I just informed my advisor that. He asked me where, and I said the name of the same city we are in, ...
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What is the importance of postdoctoral teaching experience for US tenure-track jobs?

I'm a math Ph.D student in the US who has just accepted a four year postdoc--NSF postdoc at a US school interrupted by a year in Europe. For better or for worse, I am only slated to teach for two ...
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Interview for postdoc position via Skype

I was wondering what type of questions an applicant should expect from a Skype interview for a postdoc position (in theoretical physics). I understand they must depend on the interviewers. But I am ...
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Methods for finding graduate programs for specific areas of research

What types of methods are available to students today who want to find a University for a Master, PhD, or postdoc program that supports the student's obscure/specific area of research? For example, I ...
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A question regarding renewal of postdoc fellowship, and the mentor not making the picture clear

I'm a postdoc in Europe on a one year contract, where the renewal is not necessarily guaranteed. When I was interviewed, I was told that the his grant was for a year, and whether it'd renew would ...
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Are GREs required for US postdocs?

Do universities in the United States require GREs for postdocs in engineering?
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What repercussions do I risk if I exclude my postdoc advisor from list of co-authors against his will?

I am a postdoc in computer science. At the end of my first year I have submitted a paper to a reputable conference, co-authored by me, a PhD student and my adviser. It was recently rejected. Reason: ...
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Should those more interested in research choose a postdoc or teaching position?

For PhD graduates who are more interested in research and little teaching, which is better, a postdoc with a focus on research, or a (non-tenure-track) teaching position (lecturer, instructor, etc.)? ...
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Can a successful, prestigious post-doc make up for a PhD from a mid-ranked university and make you competitive for a tenure-track position? [closed]

EDIT: Apparently, the longer version below is somewhat off-topic due to the number of personal, non-generalisable factors involved in the decision it describes. I do however believe that the main ...
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Contributions of indirect research toward getting a post-doc

I am an engineering student, however, my graduate research is more inter-disciplinary (computational science). Which is good for me in some ways, because one of my better skills is programming, since ...
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Advice about job applications in the US (mathematics)

I did my Phd in mathematics in Europe and am at the end of my second year of postdoc in Europe too. I plan to apply for jobs in the US in the fall (ideally tenure track, but I wouldn't mind too much ...
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Who to cite as referees for a post doc position?

I am currently finishing my PhD thesis (in Mathematics) and trying to find a post doc position. My PhD supervisor is a very nice person and is, of course, one of my referees. However, most places ...
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How successful would one be in switching fields from PhD in computational biology/neuroscience to postdoc in computer science?

How successful would someone be who completed his PhD in something such as computational biology or neuroscience but wanted to pursue post-doctoral training and beyond in computer science? I say ...
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Math postdoc: 'endowed' postdoc vs. ordinary postdoc

It seems that most of the job advertisements for postdoc positions in mathematics (in the US) on mathjobs are named positions (I.e. "Smith visiting assistant professor" or something like that), and ...
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Is it possible to obtain feedback from a declined NSF postdoctoral fellowship?

I applied for a NSF post doctoral fellowship in mathematics last fall...and I got rejected. Is it possible to obtain any feedback from NSF or from the reviewers?
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Potential postdoc advisor threatening to fire other postdocs

Currently I am searching for a regular postdoc position. I visited a potential advisor some time ago. I had a good impression of the advisor except for one thing: he introduced one of his current ...
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How much does an undergraduate degree matter for an academic career?

I'm a PhD student, in medical physics at a very good collegiate university in the UK. I did a four-year undergraduate masters' (in physics), and I'm just finishing a four year PhD. I'm now at the ...
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Do interviews require taking vacation days?

When interviewing for a new position, is it common practice to count the days spent on interviews as vacation days? It wouldn't seem unreasonable to count these as vacation days, except that I could ...
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How can one compare a postdoc position in Europe and USA?

I am an EU citizen, and 27 years old. I completed my Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering in the UK, now finishing up my PhD (in EE as well) in the USA. I am currently applying for ...
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When applying for postdoc funding, what are the consequences of backing out if I can get another position where funding is already secured?

When looking for a post-doctoral fellowship, I have, in a nutshell, two alternatives: Apply to open positions, where money is already secured (at least for the beginning) Apply together with a ...
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Once I accepted a postdoc offer with “A”, is it ok to accept an invitation to present with group “B”?

Details are very important here: I interviewed for postdoc positions at 2 labs (same university), and received offers from both. I accepted the offer from lab "A", and when I declined the offer ...
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As a postdoc, should I expect my PhD adviser to fund my conference travel to present my PhD work?

I am scheduled to present part of my PhD research at a conference in a few months. This will be my first conference after graduating from my PhD. I am now a postdoc at another university, but my ...